Watchdogs in the United Kingdom shut down more than 30 bogus university among concerns about the sale of fraudulent degrees.
Higher Education Degree Datacheck (HEDD) is one of those institutions that monitors fake university degrees.
The watchdog found 62 bogus education institutions in the UK in the past year alone. 32 of them have been closed by authorities and trading standards agencies. 30 of the questionable education institutions are still being investigated.
Jayne Rowley, director of HEDD said that 25 of those institutions that had been closed operated from overseas. Now, the agency is advising other schools and educational institutions in the United Kingdom which are operating legitimately to inform their students that they cannot award UK degrees.
“All the ones that were shut down were completely bogus,” she said in a public statement “The completely fake sites that talk of campuses of students when there’s literally nothing there at all.” Rowley cited one case that Hedd is working on at the moment that involves a university whose address, listed on its website, is actually “an empty shop front in Hyde in Cheshire”.
80% of those bogus universities in the United Kingdom that had been identified since 2011 are not active any longer, she added. Yet, she said that those defunct universities are still a problem since employers rarely check the validity of their candidates qualifications.
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